Big Ten names White Player of the Year, Painter Coach of the Year

DJ White

Park Ridge, Illinois - Indiana forward D.J. White was named the Big Ten's Player of the Year Monday in separate balloting by the media and coaches.

White is the conference's second-leading scorer and top rebounder. He was a unanimous pick by the coaches and became the first Indiana player to take the honor since Jared Jeffries in 2002.

While White was named the top player, the coaches and media selected teammate Eric Gordon as the conference's Freshman of the Year after watching him average a league-high 21.5 points.

The awards cap a tumultuous regular season for a team that found success on the court but saw coach Kelvin Sampson lose his job amid NCAA allegations of major rule infractions. Although they closed with a loss at Penn State, the 22nd-ranked Hoosiers are 25-6 heading into the Big Ten tournament.

Purdue coach Matt Painter took home Coach of the Year honors after leading the No. 17 Boilermakers to a second-place finish in the conference.

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